When It Starts to Snow by Phillis Gershator
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Synopsis

What if it starts
to snow?
What do you do?
Where do you go?

What if it starts to snow. What do you do? Where do you go?" So begins this winter story, as each animal--from a mouse to a bear--tells us what it will do and where it will go when the snow starts to fall. Each takes cover in its own special home, except for one. Can you guess who?

Phillis Gershator's chant-along verse encourages listener participation, and is best enjoyed when read aloud. The inquisitive text and dashing illustrations by Martin Matje make this a delightful picture book for reading under the covers when the weather gets chilly. Poetic and imaginative, When It Starts to Snow celebrates winter in all its cozy glory.
 

About Phillis Gershator

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Phillis Gershator is the author of several books for children, including Bread Is for Eating, illustrated by Emma Shaw-Smith, which was a Reading Rainbow Feature Selection. She lives with her husband on the island of St. Thomas.Martin Matje has illustrated many books for children in his native France. When It Starts to Snow marks his children's book debut in America. He lives with his family in Paris.
 
Published March 16, 2010 by Henry Holt and Co. BYR Paperbacks. 32 pages
Genres: Education & Reference, Nature & Wildlife, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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begins this rudimentary wintertime natural history from Gershator (Sweet, Sweet Fig Banana, 1996, etc.).

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Where do you go?"" Gershator (Bread Is for Eating) writes with a simple, lilting eloquence, using the book's title as an incantatory closing refrain to each creature's response: "" `The water is chilly,' says the fish./ `It's best to lie low.'/ Swish, shh, shh/ when it starts to snow."" Once ever...

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"With words that roll off the tongue, pictures of charming woodland inhabitants and a dash of science, this book will have readers raring to go on a snow quest of their own," said PW in a starred review.

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